Monday, September 19, 2016

Compromise Reached in Eisenhower Memorial Design


Plans for the Eisenhower Memorial will move forward now that the Eisenhower family has expressed their support for the Frank Gehry-designed memorial, to be located on Maryland Avenue between 4th and 6th streets. The project has been delayed since there were disagreements about the design for Eisenhower Square, a four-acre park where the memorial will be located, which includes metal tapestries and bronze statues depicting Eisenhower during his military days as Supreme Allied Commander and as president. Modifications to the memorial include a representation of the D-Day landings in Normandy on the tapestries and a renewed focus on Eisenhower’s home state of Kansas, incorporating one of his famous quotes, “The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.” 

Fundraising is underway for the memorial with the goal of dedicating it on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2019. 

Rendering courtesy of Eisenhower Memorial Commission

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